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post #1 of 17 Old 02-23-2009, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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How much do you pay/are paid to do barn work?

My mom, (who's not a horse person in anyway) always nags that I don't get paid enough when I work at the barn. I don't have a problem with my salary, but like any normal person I would never protest to a raise. So, I was just curious how much barn owners paid people and/or how much students were paid to do barn work. I guess including your area and an approximation of the cost of board would give everyone a better idea of the amounts. If you work in exchange for lessons, stating how much a lesson would actually cost would be helpful.

My board is between $350-$375 in the Maryland area and a general $40 dollars per Sunday and Saturday morning is thrown out, and anyone who wants to work has to split it. The workers are required to feed, supplement, turn out, (one by one, no cheating xD) muck, hay and water 24 stalls and then blow out the main barn and make it presentable. It generally takes between 8:30am and 1:30pm with one person working, and with two people it takes until a little before noon.

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post #2 of 17 Old 02-23-2009, 05:32 PM
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I get paid 7$ an hour. Dunno if that helps
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post #3 of 17 Old 02-23-2009, 05:53 PM
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I was getting paid $350 salary working at a racetrack. I worked about 60 hrs/week. That's under $6/hr. No wonder I was paid salary and not by the hour.

Grooms and barn help tend to be paid very little.
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post #4 of 17 Old 02-24-2009, 12:41 AM
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when I clean the barn that I board at I think its like 2 dollars per stall that you clean. $5 to fill up all the horses water, $5 to feed am $5 to feed pm, and $5 to blow the aisle way so if I do everything I get 34 dollars for that day. Not very good price to clean the stalls if you ask me....but oh well I put it towards my board and it helps a bit.
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post #5 of 17 Old 02-24-2009, 12:46 AM
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I work for lessons 1 1/2- 2 1/2 hours (depending on how much I have to do and how fast I get it done) for one 30-40 min lesson ($25 value).
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post #6 of 17 Old 02-24-2009, 03:20 AM
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$7.50 an hour is what we pay.
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-24-2009, 04:28 AM
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Do you guys have award wages or similar, where it states what the minimum wage is for a particular job is?
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post #8 of 17 Old 02-24-2009, 10:10 AM
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I work at at theraputic stable. I get paid Minimum wage for doing barn work.

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post #9 of 17 Old 02-24-2009, 11:46 AM
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Oh. And I just turn in horses. It takes me about an hour/hour and a half if I hay the upper field. It's actually more than I make at my other jobs. I only turn in twice a week though.
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-24-2009, 03:34 PM
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I work for a cheaper board. I only have my horse on pasture board and it is $200 a month. Every Saturday i go and muck all the stalls(theres only 10), empty dirty water buckets in the stalls and fill all of them up, give hay and put wood shavings back into the stalls and I get $20 off every Saturday. My board is normally around $100 now. Hope that helps a bit!
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